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Saturday, December 31st (All times eastern)

Boston Celtics (11-17) at Los Angeles Clippers (16-11), 9:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics try to stop a three-game losing streak this evening when they continue a five-game road trip against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.

On Friday, Boston remained winless thus far on its trip, as it was upended by the Sacramento Kings, 116-112, at ARCO Arena. Ricky Davis poured in 33 points and Pierce scored 22 with nine assists for the Celtics, who have lost five of seven.

Boston held a 90-87 lead after a Davis layup early in the fourth quarter, but the Kings countered with a 10-2 burst which put them ahead to stay. Mike Bibby had Sacramento's last six points of the run and sent his team up 97-92 when he knocked down a jumper with 6:47 to go.

The Celtics got to within three points on a pair of occasions afterward, and trailed 109-105 with one minute left. Kenny Thomas then hit an outside shot with 41 seconds left, and after Pierce misfired a three-point try, Kevin Martin threw down a dunk off an inbounds play with 26 seconds on the clock to give the Kings an eight-point cushion.

The Celtics, who will end their trek in Denver on Monday, are a dismal 2-10 away from home this season.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, enters on a sour note after falling at home to the Kings, 110-93, on Tuesday. Elton Brand led the Clippers with 25 points, Cuttino Mobley added 19 points and Chris Kaman contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Sam Cassell scored just three points on 1-of-12 shooting for Los Angeles, which has lost three of its last four games.

The Clippers, who will be wrapping up a brief two-game homestand tonight, are 10-3 in their arena this season.

Boston won both matchups with the Clippers last season and has won nine of 11 and 12 of the last 15 meetings. The Celtics have also won four of five and 15 of their last 20 in LA against the Clips.

12/31 10:11:54 ET


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